The Truth About Cars » Podcasts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:53:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Podcasts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/podcasts/ The Case For Better Place: Shai Agassi Addresses The APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Conference http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-case-for-better-place-shai-agassi-addresses-the-apec-transportenergy-ministerial-conference/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-case-for-better-place-shai-agassi-addresses-the-apec-transportenergy-ministerial-conference/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:13:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411195 TTAC’s Twitter followers already know that I’m at the 2011 APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco, rubbing elbows with key decision-makers from the world of energy and transportation across the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier today I had the opportunity to sit down with Better Place CEO Shai Agassi, the intense, formidable CEO of Project Better […]

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TTAC’s Twitter followers already know that I’m at the 2011 APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco, rubbing elbows with key decision-makers from the world of energy and transportation across the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier today I had the opportunity to sit down with Better Place CEO Shai Agassi, the intense, formidable CEO of Project Better Place. I’ll be writing about that conversation shortly, but many of the major points are covered in the speech Agassi gave shortly afterwards to assembled ministers, media and businesspeople. The speech boils down Better Place’s hugely ambitious plan to tackle one of the most complex challenges the world faces: transportation’s dependence on oil. If you’re looking for an Al Gore-style “green” speech, keep looking. Agassi tackles the problem from an economic and technological approach, and he makes a case that is well worth about 17 minutes of your time.

If you’re not familiar with Better Place, you can read some of TTAC’s coverage of the battery-swapping, network-managing, mileage-leasing project at our Project Better Place tag here (much of it on-the-ground reporting from Tal Bronfer, who has been following its rollout in the Israeli market). A comparison of battery swap to other EV business models can be found here, and a study of EV grid management issues can be found here.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/the-case-for-better-place-shai-agassi-addresses-the-apec-transportenergy-ministerial-conference/feed/ 3 Battery Swap,EV,Green,Industry,Project Better Place TTAC's Twitter followers already know that I'm at the 2011 APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco, rubbing elbows with key decision-makers from the world of energy and transportation across the Asia-Pacific region. TTAC's Twitter followers already know that I'm at the 2011 APEC Transport/Energy Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco, rubbing elbows with key decision-makers from the world of energy and transportation across the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier today I had the opportunity to sit down with Better Place CEO Shai Agassi, the intense, formidable CEO of Project Better Place. I'll be writing about that conversation shortly, but many of the major points are covered in the speech Agassi gave shortly afterwards to assembled ministers, media and businesspeople. The speech boils down Better Place's hugely ambitious plan to tackle one of the most complex challenges the world faces: transportation's dependence on oil. If you're looking for an Al Gore-style "green" speech, keep looking. Agassi tackles the problem from an economic and technological approach, and he makes a case that is well worth about 17 minutes of your time. If you're not familiar with Better Place, you can read some of TTAC's coverage of the battery-swapping, network-managing, mileage-leasing project at our Project Better Place tag here (much of it on-the-ground reporting from Tal Bronfer, who has been following its rollout in the Israeli market). A comparison of battery swap to other EV business models can be found here, and a study of EV grid management issues can be found here. The Truth About Cars no 17:37
Daily Podcast: Ain’t No Time for the Summertime Blues http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/daily-podcast-aint-no-time-for-the-summertime-blues/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/daily-podcast-aint-no-time-for-the-summertime-blues/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2009 17:24:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=328344 The post Daily Podcast: Ain’t No Time for the Summertime Blues appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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“What happened to the podcasts?” has been an increasingly common refrain in the TTAC mailbox. To which we reply, “it’s freaking summer!” Messrs. Farago and Niedermeyer have been too busy chasing across the country a supermodel in a Ferrari 308 GTS to do any podcasting over the last month or so. But now that the Wagon Queen Family Truckster is broken down, it’s time to get back to the grind. You think you hate it now, but wait ’til you drive it!

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/daily-podcast-aint-no-time-for-the-summertime-blues/feed/ 5 "What happened to the podcasts?" has been an increasingly common refrain in the TTAC mailbox. To which we reply, "it's freaking summer!" Messrs. Farago and Niedermeyer have been too busy chasing across the country a supermodel in a Ferrari 308 GTS to d... "What happened to the podcasts?" has been an increasingly common refrain in the TTAC mailbox. To which we reply, "it's freaking summer!" Messrs. Farago and Niedermeyer have been too busy chasing across the country a supermodel in a Ferrari 308 GTS to do any podcasting over the last month or so. But now that the Wagon Queen Family Truckster is broken down, it's time to get back to the grind. You think you hate it now, but wait 'til you drive it! The Truth About Cars no 11:44
(Not So) Daily Podcast: And We’re Back http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/not-so-daily-podcast-and-were-back/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/not-so-daily-podcast-and-were-back/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2009 19:13:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=326200 After a week-long hiatus, the TTAC daily podcast returns to action. We’re still waiting on a shiny new microphone for Mr. Farago to complete our audio makeover, but please let us know if we’re making progress on the audio-level issues that we’ve been hearing about. Meanwhile, enjoy.

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After a week-long hiatus, the TTAC daily podcast returns to action. We’re still waiting on a shiny new microphone for Mr. Farago to complete our audio makeover, but please let us know if we’re making progress on the audio-level issues that we’ve been hearing about. Meanwhile, enjoy.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/not-so-daily-podcast-and-were-back/feed/ 5 After a week-long hiatus, the TTAC daily podcast returns to action. We're still waiting on a shiny new microphone for Mr. Farago to complete our audio makeover, but please let us know if we're making progress on the audio-level issues that we've been h... After a week-long hiatus, the TTAC daily podcast returns to action. We're still waiting on a shiny new microphone for Mr. Farago to complete our audio makeover, but please let us know if we're making progress on the audio-level issues that we've been hearing about. Meanwhile, enjoy. The Truth About Cars no 11:23
Daily Podcast: No Sale http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/daily-podcast-no-sale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/daily-podcast-no-sale/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 16:15:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=325305 The second tranche of cash-for-clunker money could be approved as early as today, reports Automotive News [sub]. Not that there’s any suspense about how the vote will turn out. Whether it passes today or tomorrow, pass it will. The NHTSA’s program feels enough like a success to guarantee a re-up. And as psychologically motivated as […]

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The second tranche of cash-for-clunker money could be approved as early as today, reports Automotive News [sub]. Not that there’s any suspense about how the vote will turn out. Whether it passes today or tomorrow, pass it will. The NHTSA’s program feels enough like a success to guarantee a re-up. And as psychologically motivated as markets are, sometimes feeling like a success is enough. But congress can’t be motivated by a mere uptick in overall dealer traffic alone. After all, our government is no longer a passive proponent of American industry as a whole: we’ve picked sides. And the teams we picked, namely GM and Chrysler, aren’t seeing any real benefit out of the CARS program. And remember, if the $3 billion worth of clunker culling doesn’t help our inept wards of the state, we’ll be looking at pouring at least that much directly into them. Again.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/daily-podcast-no-sale/feed/ 2 The second tranche of cash-for-clunker money could be approved as early as today, reports Automotive News [sub]. Not that there's any suspense about how the vote will turn out. Whether it passes today or tomorrow, pass it will. The second tranche of cash-for-clunker money could be approved as early as today, reports Automotive News [sub]. Not that there's any suspense about how the vote will turn out. Whether it passes today or tomorrow, pass it will. The NHTSA's program feels enough like a success to guarantee a re-up. And as psychologically motivated as markets are, sometimes feeling like a success is enough. But congress can't be motivated by a mere uptick in overall dealer traffic alone. After all, our government is no longer a passive proponent of American industry as a whole: we've picked sides. And the teams we picked, namely GM and Chrysler, aren't seeing any real benefit out of the CARS program. And remember, if the $3 billion worth of clunker culling doesn't help our inept wards of the state, we'll be looking at pouring at least that much directly into them. Again. The Truth About Cars no 12:28
Daily Podcast: Clunker Nation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-clunker-nation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-clunker-nation/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:54:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=324766 If the CARS program has proved anything, it’s that America loves a deal. Big surprise there. In fairness, it also proves that giving away a billion bucks takes more than 30 days of preparation. And that good news is always welcome, even if it isn’t exactly good news. In the short term, the “success” of […]

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If the CARS program has proved anything, it’s that America loves a deal. Big surprise there. In fairness, it also proves that giving away a billion bucks takes more than 30 days of preparation. And that good news is always welcome, even if it isn’t exactly good news. In the short term, the “success” of CARS is almost certain to bring about a re-up in funding; Cash for Clunkers will probably keep rolling along. In the longer term, there are two major issues to worry about. First, is the pull-forward effect. Redlining the market with federal stimulus will probably only delay a sustained and sustainable recovery in car demand. The second issue is that when the economy starts showing signs of sustainable, organic recovery, taxes are most likely going to be increased thanks to short-term stimuli like C4C. As the second most expensive purchase in a consumer’s lifetime, cars are likely to be especially vulnerable to reductions in take-home income. Doubly so if demand has already been pulled forward by said stimulus. With Cash for Clunkers, we are once again mortgaging long-term market stability and recovery for an orgy of feel-good consumption. Let’s try to enjoy the buzz while it lasts.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-clunker-nation/feed/ 18 If the CARS program has proved anything, it's that America loves a deal. Big surprise there. In fairness, it also proves that giving away a billion bucks takes more than 30 days of preparation. And that good news is always welcome, If the CARS program has proved anything, it's that America loves a deal. Big surprise there. In fairness, it also proves that giving away a billion bucks takes more than 30 days of preparation. And that good news is always welcome, even if it isn't exactly good news. In the short term, the "success" of CARS is almost certain to bring about a re-up in funding; Cash for Clunkers will probably keep rolling along. In the longer term, there are two major issues to worry about. First, is the pull-forward effect. Redlining the market with federal stimulus will probably only delay a sustained and sustainable recovery in car demand. The second issue is that when the economy starts showing signs of sustainable, organic recovery, taxes are most likely going to be increased thanks to short-term stimuli like C4C. As the second most expensive purchase in a consumer's lifetime, cars are likely to be especially vulnerable to reductions in take-home income. Doubly so if demand has already been pulled forward by said stimulus. With Cash for Clunkers, we are once again mortgaging long-term market stability and recovery for an orgy of feel-good consumption. Let's try to enjoy the buzz while it lasts. The Truth About Cars no 13:30
Daily Podcast: What Is the Chrysler Brand? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-what-is-the-chrysler-brand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-what-is-the-chrysler-brand/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:54:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=324619 Seriously? If Alfa and Fiat are going to be added to the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep mix, something has got to give. And why not Chrysler? Maybe it’s just that every time I hear the word Chrysler, my immediate association is Sebring. Which is more than enough motivation for me to wish the brand dead. Perhaps the Chrysler […]

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Seriously? If Alfa and Fiat are going to be added to the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep mix, something has got to give. And why not Chrysler? Maybe it’s just that every time I hear the word Chrysler, my immediate association is Sebring. Which is more than enough motivation for me to wish the brand dead. Perhaps the Chrysler name could live on as an umbrella brand (i.e., GM). As a vehicle brand though, Chrysler is toast. Or am I missing something?

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-what-is-the-chrysler-brand/feed/ 44 Seriously? If Alfa and Fiat are going to be added to the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep mix, something has got to give. And why not Chrysler? Maybe it's just that every time I hear the word Chrysler, my immediate association is Sebring. Seriously? If Alfa and Fiat are going to be added to the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep mix, something has got to give. And why not Chrysler? Maybe it's just that every time I hear the word Chrysler, my immediate association is Sebring. Which is more than enough motivation for me to wish the brand dead. Perhaps the Chrysler name could live on as an umbrella brand (i.e., GM). As a vehicle brand though, Chrysler is toast. Or am I missing something? The Truth About Cars no 11:39
Daily Podcast: Something For Everyone http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-something-for-everyone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-something-for-everyone/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2009 17:59:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=324472 The post Daily Podcast: Something For Everyone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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Unlike the Subaru Outback, which doesn’t do anything for Legacy wagon fans, today’s TTAC podcast really does have something for everyone. And coincidentally, the ability to be all things to all people also happens to be the major challenge for mass market brands. Which is why Messrs. Farago and Niedermeyer agree that Ford should embrace its “built Ford tough” tagline, and use it to build the Ford brand across every segment. The line is well-established, it is associated with one of Ford’s most successful products, and, most importantly, it conveys a powerful but versatile brand image. In the past, we’ve wondered aloud about what exactly a Ford is supposed to be. Built Ford Tough could apply to a cheap Fiesta as much as it could to an upmarket Taurus. It’s an all-encompassing value that anyone, if not everyone, can relate to.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-something-for-everyone/feed/ 12 Unlike the Subaru Outback, which doesn't do anything for Legacy wagon fans, today's TTAC podcast really does have something for everyone. And coincidentally, the ability to be all things to all people also happens to be the major challenge for mass mar... Unlike the Subaru Outback, which doesn't do anything for Legacy wagon fans, today's TTAC podcast really does have something for everyone. And coincidentally, the ability to be all things to all people also happens to be the major challenge for mass market brands. Which is why Messrs. Farago and Niedermeyer agree that Ford should embrace its "built Ford tough" tagline, and use it to build the Ford brand across every segment. The line is well-established, it is associated with one of Ford's most successful products, and, most importantly, it conveys a powerful but versatile brand image. In the past, we've wondered aloud about what exactly a Ford is supposed to be. Built Ford Tough could apply to a cheap Fiesta as much as it could to an upmarket Taurus. It's an all-encompassing value that anyone, if not everyone, can relate to. The Truth About Cars no 11:50
Daily Podcast: CAFE Culture http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-cafe-culture/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-cafe-culture/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:18:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=324327 The list of CAFE violators (in PDF form) reads like a valet’s to-do list: Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati. These firms pay CAFE fines because, well, they can. CAFE fines are calculated by multiplying each tenth of a mile per gallon of average non-compliance by $5.50, then multiplying that dollar amount by the number of vehicles […]

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The list of CAFE violators (in PDF form) reads like a valet’s to-do list: Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati. These firms pay CAFE fines because, well, they can. CAFE fines are calculated by multiplying each tenth of a mile per gallon of average non-compliance by $5.50, then multiplying that dollar amount by the number of vehicles sold. As a result, luxury firms pay the highest fines when they try to go mass market: Merecedes paid about $30 million for 2007. But if CAFE is already weighted to let small companies off the hook, why are we hearing about new rules which seem to relax standards for firms selling fewer than 400k vehicles per term? Aren’t the regular loopholes enough?

The answer takes a little digging to find, but it explains everything. Proposed rules for the 2011-2015 standard (PDF) reveal that

EPCA authorizes increasing the civil penalty up to $10.00, exclusive of inflationary adjustments, if NHTSA decides that the increase in the penalty—

(i) will result in, or substantially further, substantial energy
conservation for automobiles in model years in which the increased
penalty may be imposed; and
(ii) will not have a substantial deleterious impact on the economy of the
United States, a State, or a region of a State.

Doubling the CAFE fine would force the small firms to finally get serious about efficiency . . . unless there were a loophole. Hence the loophole.

Of course, that’s not going to be enough come the day when greenhouse gasses become a regulated pollutant under the Clean Air Act. As proposed rules for CAFE/GHG coordination explain:

failure to meet the standards after credit opportunities are exhausted would ultimately result in the potential for penalties under [Energy Policy and Conservation Act] (CAFE), and under the [Clean Air Act] as well. The CAA allows considerable discretion in assessment of penalties. Penalties under the CAA are typically determined on a vehicle-specific basis by determining the number of a manufacturer’s highest emitting vehicles that caused the fleet average standard violation. This is the same mechanism used for EPA’s National LEV and Tier 2 corporate average standards, and to date there have been no instances of noncompliance.

In short, fines are going to double, and the risk of a Clean Air Act violation lawsuit means non-compliant firms face double jeopardy.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-cafe-culture/feed/ 6 The list of CAFE violators (in PDF form) reads like a valet's to-do list: Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati. These firms pay CAFE fines because, well, they can. CAFE fines are calculated by multiplying each tenth of a mile per gallon of average non-... The list of CAFE violators (in PDF form) reads like a valet's to-do list: Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati. These firms pay CAFE fines because, well, they can. CAFE fines are calculated by multiplying each tenth of a mile per gallon of average non-compliance by $5.50, then multiplying that dollar amount by the number of vehicles sold. As a result, luxury firms pay the highest fines when they try to go mass market: Merecedes paid about $30 million for 2007. But if CAFE is already weighted to let small companies off the hook, why are we hearing about new rules which seem to relax standards for firms selling fewer than 400k vehicles per term? Aren't the regular loopholes enough? The answer takes a little digging to find, but it explains everything. Proposed rules for the 2011-2015 standard (PDF) reveal that EPCA authorizes increasing the civil penalty up to $10.00, exclusive of inflationary adjustments, if NHTSA decides that the increase in the penalty— (i) will result in, or substantially further, substantial energy conservation for automobiles in model years in which the increased penalty may be imposed; and (ii) will not have a substantial deleterious impact on the economy of the United States, a State, or a region of a State. Doubling the CAFE fine would force the small firms to finally get serious about efficiency . . . unless there were a loophole. Hence the loophole. Of course, that's not going to be enough come the day when greenhouse gasses become a regulated pollutant under the Clean Air Act. As proposed rules for CAFE/GHG coordination explain: failure to meet the standards after credit opportunities are exhausted would ultimately result in the potential for penalties under [Energy Policy and Conservation Act] (CAFE), and under the [Clean Air Act] as well. The CAA allows considerable discretion in assessment of penalties. Penalties under the CAA are typically determined on a vehicle-specific basis by determining the number of a manufacturer's highest emitting vehicles that caused the fleet average standard violation. This is the same mechanism used for EPA's National LEV and Tier 2 corporate average standards, and to date there have been no instances of noncompliance. In short, fines are going to double, and the risk of a Clean Air Act violation lawsuit means non-compliant firms face double jeopardy. The Truth About Cars no 10:42
Daily Podcast: Outta Sight Oversight http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-outtasight-oversight/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-outtasight-oversight/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2009 18:49:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=324226 TTAC’s oversight of all things automotive continues with the 17th take of today’s daily podcast.

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TTAC’s oversight of all things automotive continues with the 17th take of today’s daily podcast.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-outtasight-oversight/feed/ 0 TTAC's oversight of all things automotive continues with the 17th take of today's daily podcast. TTAC's oversight of all things automotive continues with the 17th take of today's daily podcast. The Truth About Cars no 7:40
Daily Podcast: A8 Misbehavin’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-a8-misbehavin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-a8-misbehavin/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:57:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=324014 As promised in today’s podcast, here’s a teaser image of the forthcoming Audi A8 (courtesy of Top Gear‘s blog). The A8 has been redesigned only once since it was introduced in 1994, and even then it traded total anonymity for mere subtlety. And not only did previous versions melt into the crowd, they didn’t sell […]

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As promised in today’s podcast, here’s a teaser image of the forthcoming Audi A8 (courtesy of Top Gear‘s blog).

The A8 has been redesigned only once since it was introduced in 1994, and even then it traded total anonymity for mere subtlety. And not only did previous versions melt into the crowd, they didn’t sell well in the states either. As a result, you almost never see the things on the road. Which is too bad because it’s a great car. My first drive in one came courtesy of my boss at the time, and after a quick cross-town delivery I had to double-check the badging to make sure the “8” wasn’t a “6.” It was that nimble and it hid its executive-sized heft that well. Plus it made 80 mph in town feel like, well, the speed limit . . . at least to a kid who was commuting in a Neon at the time. Though the car is on my lifetime ownership short list, and I like the look of the redesign a lot, I find myself nursing mixed feelings. If this new generation is as sexy as the sketches promise, it might just become popular. It might become a car worth posing in. It might no longer be the best car that nobody ever sees or mentions. Which would be good for Audi, but not for me. Love can be so complicated.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-a8-misbehavin/feed/ 13 As promised in today's podcast, here's a teaser image of the forthcoming Audi A8 (courtesy of Top Gear's blog). - The A8 has been redesigned only once since it was introduced in 1994, and even then it traded total anonymity for mere subtlety. As promised in today's podcast, here's a teaser image of the forthcoming Audi A8 (courtesy of Top Gear's blog). The A8 has been redesigned only once since it was introduced in 1994, and even then it traded total anonymity for mere subtlety. And not only did previous versions melt into the crowd, they didn't sell well in the states either. As a result, you almost never see the things on the road. Which is too bad because it's a great car. My first drive in one came courtesy of my boss at the time, and after a quick cross-town delivery I had to double-check the badging to make sure the "8" wasn't a "6." It was that nimble and it hid its executive-sized heft that well. Plus it made 80 mph in town feel like, well, the speed limit . . . at least to a kid who was commuting in a Neon at the time. Though the car is on my lifetime ownership short list, and I like the look of the redesign a lot, I find myself nursing mixed feelings. If this new generation is as sexy as the sketches promise, it might just become popular. It might become a car worth posing in. It might no longer be the best car that nobody ever sees or mentions. Which would be good for Audi, but not for me. Love can be so complicated. The Truth About Cars no 11:42
Daily Podcast: The Great Kuga Hunt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-the-great-kuga-hunt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-the-great-kuga-hunt/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2009 16:20:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=323890 No, we’re not talking about stalking women of a certain age. To my summer flu-addled mind, this Focus-based softroader should be on the US market already, cashing in on one of the few successful segments left here. We hear it’s going to be built in Kentucky, but when?

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No, we’re not talking about stalking women of a certain age. To my summer flu-addled mind, this Focus-based softroader should be on the US market already, cashing in on one of the few successful segments left here. We hear it’s going to be built in Kentucky, but when?

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-the-great-kuga-hunt/feed/ 24 No, we're not talking about stalking women of a certain age. To my summer flu-addled mind, this Focus-based softroader should be on the US market already, cashing in on one of the few successful segments left here. No, we're not talking about stalking women of a certain age. To my summer flu-addled mind, this Focus-based softroader should be on the US market already, cashing in on one of the few successful segments left here. We hear it's going to be built in Kentucky, but when? The Truth About Cars no 12:49
Daily Podcast: Confusion for Clunkers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-confusion-for-clunkers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-confusion-for-clunkers/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2009 17:36:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=323778 Cash for clunkers has moved up the “hey, you know about cars, right?” list of questions. Friends and acquaintances with little intrinsic interest in the world of cars have been asking “what the deal is” with the program with surprising regularity. Needless to say, it’s difficult to explain and I usually end up pointing people […]

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Cash for clunkers has moved up the “hey, you know about cars, right?” list of questions. Friends and acquaintances with little intrinsic interest in the world of cars have been asking “what the deal is” with the program with surprising regularity. Needless to say, it’s difficult to explain and I usually end up pointing people to the CARS website and Kelly Blue Book’s clunker calculator. And guess what. Despite having been asked about the program by a number of people, I know of nobody who has actually qualified. In other words, the program is already a success. After all, the biggest fans of clunker-culling admit that the current plan has too many strings and not enough money to truly impact new car sales on its own. And yet, everyone knows that the program exists without knowing whether they qualify. The resulting search for information drives curious souls who don’t have automotive blogger friends straight into the arms of dealers. Cash for clunkers is a classic come-on. If there was any doubt before, Chrysler’s latest Big Summer Incentive proves it.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-confusion-for-clunkers/feed/ 10 Cash for clunkers has moved up the "hey, you know about cars, right?" list of questions. Friends and acquaintances with little intrinsic interest in the world of cars have been asking "what the deal is" with the program with surprising regularity. Cash for clunkers has moved up the "hey, you know about cars, right?" list of questions. Friends and acquaintances with little intrinsic interest in the world of cars have been asking "what the deal is" with the program with surprising regularity. Needless to say, it's difficult to explain and I usually end up pointing people to the CARS website and Kelly Blue Book's clunker calculator. And guess what. Despite having been asked about the program by a number of people, I know of nobody who has actually qualified. In other words, the program is already a success. After all, the biggest fans of clunker-culling admit that the current plan has too many strings and not enough money to truly impact new car sales on its own. And yet, everyone knows that the program exists without knowing whether they qualify. The resulting search for information drives curious souls who don't have automotive blogger friends straight into the arms of dealers. Cash for clunkers is a classic come-on. If there was any doubt before, Chrysler's latest Big Summer Incentive proves it. The Truth About Cars no 9:29
Daily Podcast: Fording the River http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-fording-the-river/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-fording-the-river/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2009 17:13:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=323694 The post Daily Podcast: Fording the River appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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In between long stints behind the keyboard and the wheel of an Audi, I’ve been reading Robert Lacey’s epic Ford: The Men and the Machine. Catching up on the story of Ford, one can’t help but wonder what would have happened if Crazy Henry had somehow cheated death and was still around to witness the recent travails of his company. Ford’s deep commitment to basic transportation may have been a liability in the heyday of the American automobile, but things seem to be coming full circle. The decades of glamor and expression in automotive design and marketing launched GM to dizzying heights and threatened to leave stolid old Ford behind. But Ford never completely embraced the planned obsolescence and marketing-heavy development patterns that defined GM’s success. The Blue Oval’s best products always had a certain affordable and rugged charm that seems to be coming back in style. Ford now finds itself positioned to become the first American automaker with a lineup weighted towards competitive small and mid-sized cars. If it can succeed with this strategy and stay focused, Ford has a chance to reinterpret its original brand appeal and vindicate Henry Ford’s philosophy in a thoroughly 21st Century fashion.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-fording-the-river/feed/ 16 In between long stints behind the keyboard and the wheel of an Audi, I've been reading Robert Lacey's epic Ford: The Men and the Machine. Catching up on the story of Ford, one can't help but wonder what would have happened if Crazy Henry had somehow ch... In between long stints behind the keyboard and the wheel of an Audi, I've been reading Robert Lacey's epic Ford: The Men and the Machine. Catching up on the story of Ford, one can't help but wonder what would have happened if Crazy Henry had somehow cheated death and was still around to witness the recent travails of his company. Ford's deep commitment to basic transportation may have been a liability in the heyday of the American automobile, but things seem to be coming full circle. The decades of glamor and expression in automotive design and marketing launched GM to dizzying heights and threatened to leave stolid old Ford behind. But Ford never completely embraced the planned obsolescence and marketing-heavy development patterns that defined GM's success. The Blue Oval's best products always had a certain affordable and rugged charm that seems to be coming back in style. Ford now finds itself positioned to become the first American automaker with a lineup weighted towards competitive small and mid-sized cars. If it can succeed with this strategy and stay focused, Ford has a chance to reinterpret its original brand appeal and vindicate Henry Ford's philosophy in a thoroughly 21st Century fashion. The Truth About Cars no 11:06
Daily Podcast: Weeklong Testing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-weeklong-testing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-weeklong-testing/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:58:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=323559 As Robert posted below, TTAC is redoubling its efforts to get timely road tests by reaching out to the very manufacturers we lay into on a daily basis. But why, you might ask, would these giant firms feed the mouth that bites them? The simple answer is that auto writers provide one single commodity to […]

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As Robert posted below, TTAC is redoubling its efforts to get timely road tests by reaching out to the very manufacturers we lay into on a daily basis. But why, you might ask, would these giant firms feed the mouth that bites them?

The simple answer is that auto writers provide one single commodity to the manufacturers: credibility. With the rise of blogs and social media, consumers are seeking and finding the most credible sources for reviews without the industry’s traditional advertorial filter. This outsourcing of PR duties to reliably sycophantic writers and publications may prevent a certain number of negative reviews, but it also robs positive reviews of their power.

GM’s so-called “perception gap” illustrates this syndrome perfectly. The General regularly cites rave mainstream reviews as evidence of the superiority of certain models, while noting that these accolades have made little impact on the buying public. Instead of merely complaining about this phenomenon, isn’t GM even remotely curious as to why this happens? The obvious answer is that auto writers must earn the trust of their readers in order for the manufacturers to earn the trust of consumers.

Outlets which reject collusion or cozy relations with automakers may seem angry or biased in contrast with the puffy prose of old-line auto journalists, but at least they still offer the credibility that the manufacturers were seeking in the first place. As competitive as the market for cars is, isn’t it time for automakers to accept that courting real credibility inevitably carries risk?

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-weeklong-testing/feed/ 15 As Robert posted below, TTAC is redoubling its efforts to get timely road tests by reaching out to the very manufacturers we lay into on a daily basis. But why, you might ask, would these giant firms feed the mouth that bites them? - As Robert posted below, TTAC is redoubling its efforts to get timely road tests by reaching out to the very manufacturers we lay into on a daily basis. But why, you might ask, would these giant firms feed the mouth that bites them? The simple answer is that auto writers provide one single commodity to the manufacturers: credibility. With the rise of blogs and social media, consumers are seeking and finding the most credible sources for reviews without the industry's traditional advertorial filter. This outsourcing of PR duties to reliably sycophantic writers and publications may prevent a certain number of negative reviews, but it also robs positive reviews of their power. GM's so-called "perception gap" illustrates this syndrome perfectly. The General regularly cites rave mainstream reviews as evidence of the superiority of certain models, while noting that these accolades have made little impact on the buying public. Instead of merely complaining about this phenomenon, isn't GM even remotely curious as to why this happens? The obvious answer is that auto writers must earn the trust of their readers in order for the manufacturers to earn the trust of consumers. Outlets which reject collusion or cozy relations with automakers may seem angry or biased in contrast with the puffy prose of old-line auto journalists, but at least they still offer the credibility that the manufacturers were seeking in the first place. As competitive as the market for cars is, isn't it time for automakers to accept that courting real credibility inevitably carries risk? The Truth About Cars no 10:02
Daily Podcast: Death To The Car Mag http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-death-to-the-car-mag/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-death-to-the-car-mag/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2009 18:04:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=323267 Like most people under the age of 40, I never read car magazines. Actually that’s not true. I’ve been stealing copies of Auto Motor und Sport from my dad for years. Even after its long trip across the Atlantic, the anal-retentive German’s anal-retentive car magazine still manages to scoop the American mags on many of […]

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Like most people under the age of 40, I never read car magazines. Actually that’s not true. I’ve been stealing copies of Auto Motor und Sport from my dad for years. Even after its long trip across the Atlantic, the anal-retentive German’s anal-retentive car magazine still manages to scoop the American mags on many of the most compelling industry developments. But the real draw is the mag’s road testing, which really confirms every stereotype of Teutonic attention to detail. No metric is too mundane to be measured, graphed and scored… think Consumer Reports for people who actually like cars and think OCD medication is for the weak. On the other side of the equation is evo magazine, which is hands-down the best enthusiast-oriented car magazine.

In contrast to AM und S’s technical dissection, evo splashes gorgeous photography across the classiest paper stock in the business. Sure, a year’s subscription costs $100 when delivered to the US, but each issue looks and feels like the Sultan of Brunei’s own in-house car catalog. And, as an unabashed enthusiast mag, evo’s mission is to find real enthusiast options among new and used cars, from major OEMs and cottage industry wackos alike. These two magazines exemplify two approaches to automotive print journalism that really work: the high-end enthusiast bible and the on-point news/analysis monster. And yet none of the US buff books have been able to work either of these proven lines of attack. Like profitable automakers, good car magazines exist… just not in this country.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-death-to-the-car-mag/feed/ 21 Like most people under the age of 40, I never read car magazines. Actually that's not true. I've been stealing copies of Auto Motor und Sport from my dad for years. Even after its long trip across the Atlantic, Like most people under the age of 40, I never read car magazines. Actually that's not true. I've been stealing copies of Auto Motor und Sport from my dad for years. Even after its long trip across the Atlantic, the anal-retentive German's anal-retentive car magazine still manages to scoop the American mags on many of the most compelling industry developments. But the real draw is the mag's road testing, which really confirms every stereotype of Teutonic attention to detail. No metric is too mundane to be measured, graphed and scored... think Consumer Reports for people who actually like cars and think OCD medication is for the weak. On the other side of the equation is evo magazine, which is hands-down the best enthusiast-oriented car magazine. In contrast to AM und S's technical dissection, evo splashes gorgeous photography across the classiest paper stock in the business. Sure, a year's subscription costs $100 when delivered to the US, but each issue looks and feels like the Sultan of Brunei's own in-house car catalog. And, as an unabashed enthusiast mag, evo's mission is to find real enthusiast options among new and used cars, from major OEMs and cottage industry wackos alike. These two magazines exemplify two approaches to automotive print journalism that really work: the high-end enthusiast bible and the on-point news/analysis monster. And yet none of the US buff books have been able to work either of these proven lines of attack. Like profitable automakers, good car magazines exist... just not in this country. The Truth About Cars no 12:29
Daily Podcast: Doom, Unaverted http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-doom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-doom/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2009 18:05:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=323174 GM claims to be calibrated to break even at a Seasonally Adjusted Annual sales Rate (SAAR) of 10m sales. Which assumes that GM’s portion of those sales will remain steady. As we’ve learned today, that’s not likely. GM’s market share is being pummelled by bad news, bailout backlash, and (according to the Merrill Lynch report) […]

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GM claims to be calibrated to break even at a Seasonally Adjusted Annual sales Rate (SAAR) of 10m sales. Which assumes that GM’s portion of those sales will remain steady. As we’ve learned today, that’s not likely. GM’s market share is being pummelled by bad news, bailout backlash, and (according to the Merrill Lynch report) poor product replacement rates. While GM talks up the Volt, discusses a Prius fighter and touts an American-made compact, its major product push has been centered around a single dying brand (Buick) and its single new product, the LaCrosse. Yes there’s a new Equinox, but has anyone noticed? Camaro may be the choice of bold, audacious lemmings everywhere, but for how long? It’s gut check time . . .

If August sales don’t pick up (and they won’t), the SAAR won’t top 10m this year. If GM keeps shedding market share, it won’t last. Come the fall sales doldrums, The General will have to face the reality of another squandered year (this time brought to you by the American taxpayer). If it can’t drum up any enthusiasm for its 2010 IPO, we’re looking at more federal bailouts by this time next year. On top of the inevitable dealer payoff. And, as usual, GM’s bright and shiny future is still just out of reach.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-doom/feed/ 5 GM claims to be calibrated to break even at a Seasonally Adjusted Annual sales Rate (SAAR) of 10m sales. Which assumes that GM's portion of those sales will remain steady. As we've learned today, that's not likely. GM claims to be calibrated to break even at a Seasonally Adjusted Annual sales Rate (SAAR) of 10m sales. Which assumes that GM's portion of those sales will remain steady. As we've learned today, that's not likely. GM's market share is being pummelled by bad news, bailout backlash, and (according to the Merrill Lynch report) poor product replacement rates. While GM talks up the Volt, discusses a Prius fighter and touts an American-made compact, its major product push has been centered around a single dying brand (Buick) and its single new product, the LaCrosse. Yes there's a new Equinox, but has anyone noticed? Camaro may be the choice of bold, audacious lemmings everywhere, but for how long? It's gut check time . . . If August sales don't pick up (and they won't), the SAAR won't top 10m this year. If GM keeps shedding market share, it won't last. Come the fall sales doldrums, The General will have to face the reality of another squandered year (this time brought to you by the American taxpayer). If it can't drum up any enthusiasm for its 2010 IPO, we're looking at more federal bailouts by this time next year. On top of the inevitable dealer payoff. And, as usual, GM's bright and shiny future is still just out of reach. The Truth About Cars no 11:56
Daily Podcast: The Wages Of Sin http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-the-wages-of-sin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-the-wages-of-sin/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2009 17:46:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=323067 The post Daily Podcast: The Wages Of Sin appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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$8.2m it turns out (yes, sins of omission count). Which is almost as much as the wages of investing in a fraudulent cellulosic ethanol firm. But what about Fritz, Lutz, LaNeve and the rest of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight? If Wagoner gets nearly $10m for overseeing consistent declines in sales and market share, and after being canned for the good of the nation, where’s the motivation for the old, new crowd? Ditto for the cellulosic ethanol industry, if Cello’s fraud leads to increased subsidies to get the Renewable Fuel Mandate back on track. Forget peak oil, it seems we’ve reached peak common sense. A while ago. Now, back to the cars.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-the-wages-of-sin/feed/ 1 $8.2m it turns out (yes, sins of omission count). Which is almost as much as the wages of investing in a fraudulent cellulosic ethanol firm. But what about Fritz, Lutz, LaNeve and the rest of the gang that couldn't shoot straight? $8.2m it turns out (yes, sins of omission count). Which is almost as much as the wages of investing in a fraudulent cellulosic ethanol firm. But what about Fritz, Lutz, LaNeve and the rest of the gang that couldn't shoot straight? If Wagoner gets nearly $10m for overseeing consistent declines in sales and market share, and after being canned for the good of the nation, where's the motivation for the old, new crowd? Ditto for the cellulosic ethanol industry, if Cello's fraud leads to increased subsidies to get the Renewable Fuel Mandate back on track. Forget peak oil, it seems we've reached peak common sense. A while ago. Now, back to the cars. The Truth About Cars no 11:52
Daily Podcast: What’s In A Name? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-whats-in-a-name/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-whats-in-a-name/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2009 18:16:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=322980 “People don’t want cars named after hungry old Greek broads! They want names like ‘Mustang’ and ‘Cheetah’ — vicious animal names,” according to Homer Simpson’s automaker brother Herb. Yesterday I learned another good rule of thumb for car naming: if it doesn’t sound hilarious with the word “anal” in front of it, it’s probably not […]

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“People don’t want cars named after hungry old Greek broads! They want names like ‘Mustang’ and ‘Cheetah’ — vicious animal names,” according to Homer Simpson’s automaker brother Herb. Yesterday I learned another good rule of thumb for car naming: if it doesn’t sound hilarious with the word “anal” in front of it, it’s probably not a great car name. Think about it… Commander, Wrangler and Legacy good; CTS, MKT and Optima bad. It may not be safe-for-work, but dammit it’s the truth.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-whats-in-a-name/feed/ 45 “People don’t want cars named after hungry old Greek broads! They want names like ‘Mustang’ and ‘Cheetah’ — vicious animal names,” according to Homer Simpson's automaker brother Herb. Yesterday I learned another good rule of thumb for c... “People don’t want cars named after hungry old Greek broads! They want names like ‘Mustang’ and ‘Cheetah’ — vicious animal names,” according to Homer Simpson's automaker brother Herb. Yesterday I learned another good rule of thumb for car naming: if it doesn't sound hilarious with the word "anal" in front of it, it's probably not a great car name. Think about it... Commander, Wrangler and Legacy good; CTS, MKT and Optima bad. It may not be safe-for-work, but dammit it's the truth. The Truth About Cars no 12:26
Daily Podcast: The Once And Future Czar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-the-once-and-future-czar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-the-once-and-future-czar/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 18:11:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=322878 The post Daily Podcast: The Once And Future Czar appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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This weekend’s announcement that “Maximum” Bob Lutz will stay on at GM is the biggest blow to GM’s re:invention PR since Fritz Henderson was handed the helm by Rick Wagoner. In essence, Lutz’s “unretirement” sends the very same message Wagoner once repeated ad nauseum: GM’s turnaround would be going well if it weren’t for that darn economy. And, of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Lutz arrived at GM in 2001 with a single thesis: excitement could turn the General around. Eight years later, and the results speak for themselves. Despite injecting Pontiac with its best products in decades, Lutz couldn’t even save GM’s “excitement brand.” Though Lutz created the Malibu to add his aesthetic appeal to GM’s long-ignored mid-sized offerings, the car only excited automotive journalists. Consumers preferred the plain-jane Impala. Ultimately, Lutz proves exactly how little GM has changed. His old-school, hard-charging pursuit of glamor, performance and excitement are little more than a fading afterglow from the good old days of Motorama excess. The market has moved on, but GM hasn’t.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-the-once-and-future-czar/feed/ 19 This weekend's announcement that "Maximum" Bob Lutz will stay on at GM is the biggest blow to GM's re:invention PR since Fritz Henderson was handed the helm by Rick Wagoner. In essence, Lutz's "unretirement" sends the very same message Wagoner once rep... This weekend's announcement that "Maximum" Bob Lutz will stay on at GM is the biggest blow to GM's re:invention PR since Fritz Henderson was handed the helm by Rick Wagoner. In essence, Lutz's "unretirement" sends the very same message Wagoner once repeated ad nauseum: GM's turnaround would be going well if it weren't for that darn economy. And, of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Lutz arrived at GM in 2001 with a single thesis: excitement could turn the General around. Eight years later, and the results speak for themselves. Despite injecting Pontiac with its best products in decades, Lutz couldn't even save GM's "excitement brand." Though Lutz created the Malibu to add his aesthetic appeal to GM's long-ignored mid-sized offerings, the car only excited automotive journalists. Consumers preferred the plain-jane Impala. Ultimately, Lutz proves exactly how little GM has changed. His old-school, hard-charging pursuit of glamor, performance and excitement are little more than a fading afterglow from the good old days of Motorama excess. The market has moved on, but GM hasn't. The Truth About Cars no 12:04
Bob Lutz Speaks and Speaks and Speaks and Speaks and Speaks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/bob-lutz-speaks-and-speaks-and-speaks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/bob-lutz-speaks-and-speaks-and-speaks/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:06:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=322662 Ex-Car Czar Bob Lutz has made the jump to hyperspace, joining New GM as . . . Car Czar. Of course, Bob can’t quite leave the Old School behind. More specifically, in keeping with CEO Fritz Henderson’s obsession with speed, he’s pre-pared excuses for failure on the forecourt. “There will have to be some form […]

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Ex-Car Czar Bob Lutz has made the jump to hyperspace, joining New GM as . . . Car Czar. Of course, Bob can’t quite leave the Old School behind. More specifically, in keeping with CEO Fritz Henderson’s obsession with speed, he’s pre-pared excuses for failure on the forecourt. “There will have to be some form of economic recovery before any automobile company can hope to be profitable,” Lutz tells NPR. Perception gap much? Of course. All things considered, where’s the reinvention here?

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/bob-lutz-speaks-and-speaks-and-speaks/feed/ 16 Ex-Car Czar Bob Lutz has made the jump to hyperspace, joining New GM as . . . Car Czar. Of course, Bob can't quite leave the Old School behind. More specifically, in keeping with CEO Fritz Henderson's obsession with speed, Ex-Car Czar Bob Lutz has made the jump to hyperspace, joining New GM as . . . Car Czar. Of course, Bob can't quite leave the Old School behind. More specifically, in keeping with CEO Fritz Henderson's obsession with speed, he's pre-pared excuses for failure on the forecourt. "There will have to be some form of economic recovery before any automobile company can hope to be profitable," Lutz tells NPR. Perception gap much? Of course. All things considered, where's the reinvention here? The Truth About Cars no 6:01
Daily Podcast: Sex Sells http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-sex-sells/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-sex-sells/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2009 22:52:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=322556 But if you can’t afford it, would you like to look at some attractive lease offers?

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But if you can’t afford it, would you like to look at some attractive lease offers?

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-sex-sells/feed/ 15 But if you can't afford it, would you like to look at some attractive lease offers? But if you can't afford it, would you like to look at some attractive lease offers? The Truth About Cars no 12:07
Daily Podcast: Cars Of Future Past http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-cars-of-future-past/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-cars-of-future-past/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2009 17:39:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=322363 Past, present and future come together for the latest TTAC daily podcast.

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Past, present and future come together for the latest TTAC daily podcast.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-cars-of-future-past/feed/ 5 Past, present and future come together for the latest TTAC daily podcast. Past, present and future come together for the latest TTAC daily podcast. The Truth About Cars no 10:46
Daily Podcast: Board To Tears http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-board-to-tears/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-board-to-tears/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2009 16:39:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=322203 Why is Chrysler’s new board chock full of former airline men and the governmentally well-connected? Because auto firm experience isn’t necessary for these things. Just ask Chrysler’s former owners Cerberus. Or, for another perspective, ask United Airlines employees about their experience with employee ownership. Meanwhile, the Aveo still sucks and the SL65 Black Series is […]

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Why is Chrysler’s new board chock full of former airline men and the governmentally well-connected? Because auto firm experience isn’t necessary for these things. Just ask Chrysler’s former owners Cerberus. Or, for another perspective, ask United Airlines employees about their experience with employee ownership. Meanwhile, the Aveo still sucks and the SL65 Black Series is still bat-shit loco. Plus, we’re working on getting our sales data in a more universal format.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-board-to-tears/feed/ 3 Why is Chrysler's new board chock full of former airline men and the governmentally well-connected? Because auto firm experience isn't necessary for these things. Just ask Chrysler's former owners Cerberus. Or, for another perspective, Why is Chrysler's new board chock full of former airline men and the governmentally well-connected? Because auto firm experience isn't necessary for these things. Just ask Chrysler's former owners Cerberus. Or, for another perspective, ask United Airlines employees about their experience with employee ownership. Meanwhile, the Aveo still sucks and the SL65 Black Series is still bat-shit loco. Plus, we're working on getting our sales data in a more universal format. The Truth About Cars no 10:05
Daily Podcast: Converjence http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-converjence/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-converjence/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2009 15:57:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=321909 Because it wants to, Buick is headed upmarket. Because it has to, Cadillac is headed downmarket. Who wins? Not GM. An Epsilon II, FWD/AWD Cadillac isn’t going to have the phrase “standard of the world” tripping off anyone’s tongue. And since GM exists at the pleasure of the politicians, it doesn’t seem likely that Cadillac […]

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Because it wants to, Buick is headed upmarket. Because it has to, Cadillac is headed downmarket. Who wins? Not GM. An Epsilon II, FWD/AWD Cadillac isn’t going to have the phrase “standard of the world” tripping off anyone’s tongue. And since GM exists at the pleasure of the politicians, it doesn’t seem likely that Cadillac will ever get around to making the huge investments in opulence that it would need to regain its former glory. And besides an aging CTS and a “2005 called and wants its SUV back” Escalade, what is Cadillac again? Some days it’s a good day to die. Some days it’s a good day to record a podcast.

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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/07/daily-podcast-converjence/feed/ 19 Because it wants to, Buick is headed upmarket. Because it has to, Cadillac is headed downmarket. Who wins? Not GM. An Epsilon II, FWD/AWD Cadillac isn't going to have the phrase "standard of the world" tripping off anyone's tongue. Because it wants to, Buick is headed upmarket. Because it has to, Cadillac is headed downmarket. Who wins? Not GM. An Epsilon II, FWD/AWD Cadillac isn't going to have the phrase "standard of the world" tripping off anyone's tongue. And since GM exists at the pleasure of the politicians, it doesn't seem likely that Cadillac will ever get around to making the huge investments in opulence that it would need to regain its former glory. And besides an aging CTS and a "2005 called and wants its SUV back" Escalade, what is Cadillac again? Some days it's a good day to die. Some days it's a good day to record a podcast. The Truth About Cars no 9:47
Daily Podcast: Eco-Friendly Family Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/04/daily-podcast-eco-friendly-family-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/04/daily-podcast-eco-friendly-family-edition/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2009 02:21:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=301332 Or not.

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